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Article demonstrates that, in his mature theoretical formulation, Adler stopped using the term "fictional finalism" when describing an individual's subjective final goal.
... " (Griffith & Graham, 2004, p. 26). Thus, the primary motive behind human striving for Adler is an urge to overcome inferiority through a pursuit for perfection ( Ashby & Kottman, 1996; Goldwert, 1984; Lazarsfeld, 1991; Watts & Holden, 1994), while Frankl's (1948/1984, 1969/1988) conception of human motivation is contingent on man's self-determined quest for meaning. At our birth we are lesser in stature, mind, and power to the more developed world around us. ...
From intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to attributions and goal orientation, theory and study related to motivation in sport abound. However, theorists such as Adler, Frankl, and Maslow detail broader motivational frameworks that focus on a human impulse to derive meaning and purpose by extending beyond the self. While such theories take prominent positions within psychology, their applicability to sport has seemingly been overlooked. In an effort to explore more traditional motivational constructs in sport, a qualitative analysis of elite lacrosse coaches (n = 7) was conducted. Through semi-structured interviews, coaches shared their motivation to coach and how they motivate others. In these interviews coaches articulated a number of motivational constructs that extend beyond much of the contemporary theory. In analyzing these interviews, it is apparent that further work related to broader motivational constructs may be required to more wholly define motivation in sport.
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